In this series I wish post selected photos from my recent trip (without INTERNET) to God's own Country, Kerala in India.
Kerala is truly the undiscovered India. It is God's own Country because of its enchanting beauty. Kerala is a green strip of land, in the South West corner of Indian peninsula.
Kerala famed as God's own Country and selected by National Geographic traveler, as one of the ten must see destination of the world, is an enchantingly beautiful land.
Its unique geographical position and peculiar physical features have invested Kerala with a distinct individuality.
The Highlands is the area of major plantations like tea, coffee, rubber, cardamom and other spices.
The Midlands, lying between the mountains and the lowlands, is made up of undulating hills and valleys. This is an area of intensive cultivation. Cashew, coconut, areca nut, cassava, banana, rice, ginger, pepper, sugarcane, and vegetables of different varieties are grown in this area.
The lowland or the coastal area, which is made up of the river deltas, backwaters, and the shore of the Arabian Sea, is essentially a land of coconut and rice. Fisheries and Coir industry constitute the major industries of this area. Kerala has got around 44 major rivers.
The backwaters form an especially attractive and economically valuable features of Kerala, that why Kerala is also called Land of Rivers and Backwaters.
Kerala rich in its culture, heritage and various types of art forms attract tourists from all over the world.
Kerala is a state with full literacy, Higher Health care and lower mortality ratio. In Kerala you experience freshness and touch of mother earth everywhere. No wonder Keralites call their State "God's Own Country".
This photo shows Chinese Fishing Nets in Fort Cochin which are in use for the last 500 years and are one of the tourist in the town.
Called ‘Cheena Vala’ in local parlance, the huge cantilevered fishing nets are believed to have been brought by Portuguese from Macau, once a Portuguese colony.
While some accounts mention that the nets were set up between AD 1350 and 1450 by traders from the court of Kubla Khan, some others say Chinese explorer Zhang He introduced the nets to Kochi shores.
Set up on bamboo and teak poles, the nets are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets. Suspended horizontally over the sea, the nets give the appearance of a huge hammock.
Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20m or more across. Each structure is at least 10m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counter weighing at the other end. Each net is operated by 5-6 fishermen.
Rocks each 30cm or so in diameter are suspended from ropes of different length. As the net is raised, some of the rocks come one by one to rest on a platform thereby keeping everything in balance. The nets have to be changed twice a year.
The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction Fort Cochin, their size and elegant construction is photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic.
In addition, catches can be purchased individually and need be taken only a short distance to a street nearby restaurants who will cook it for you.
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fabbs99 (11190) 2013-10-16 21:11
Great shot almost in silhouette.I love to see the huge fishing net dangling in the air with a boat of the fishermen in the background.The silvery water of the sea adds to the charm.Very well done.TFS.
chiefredearth (19) 2013-10-16 22:27
Vast, deep and wide! Nice!
point-blank (94) 2013-10-16 23:16
Excellent capture and beautifully exposed. Love the play of light on the waves. well done.
carlo62 (19485) 2013-10-16 23:35
bella composizione, in un taglio verticale di grande fascino.
Se non ci fosse stato un tramonto così bello, sarebbe stato un ottimo b&w.
Gran bel colpo.
kato (9556) 2013-10-17 0:55
You're capturing well this scenery by a good angle, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the tasteful port faced to Indian sea. The whole is harmonized and balanced beautifully by tha calm sea dyed to setting sun, evening sky and big fishing net with silhouette. It keeps deep and peaceful atmosphere with healing. And, floating boats on sea draw out a special good effect.
ikeharel (44081) 2013-10-17 0:59
Fantastic photo shows the fishing nets over the calm sea and under the golden light, Miro.
Superb DOF and clarity, well managed the with mild light condition.
Pleasent to look at, hope you had a wonderful trip.
Miguel82 (14526) 2013-10-17 1:26
Good morning Miro, this a great report about that ancient way of fishing, they're so big it's difficult to put them in the frame, happy that you visited Kerala, I was there exactly two years back at the same date, I should post also some pictures of these places, hope you enjoyed prawns and fresh fishes, all the best, have a nice evening
danos (78134) 2013-10-17 1:45
nice to see you in the site with this beautiful photo from the way the natives fish with these Chinese fishing nets. The moody weather makes the image even more effective with the nets to are placed perfect in the frame.
Have a good day,danos
jhm (128073) 2013-10-17 2:42
Back after a trip with your first picture.
I shall also enjoy of your trip to India through your series pictures.
These picture is low taken with a lot nets as subject.
On these way create you a lot depth and perspective.
Excellent captured, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Cricri (92249) 2013-10-17 3:09
Impressionnant ces filets de pèche aux dessus de la mer, c'est magnifique sous le contre jour et la lumière, belle brillance de l'eau, vraiment une belle image de votre voyage, bon retour sur TE Miro, contente de vous revoir
lousat (64243) 2013-10-17 4:10
Hi Miro,magnificent choice of point of view to create this original and imposing perspective,perfect backlight too,you play very well whit the silhouettes and whit the exposure to show us the best sky too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (13416) 2013-10-17 5:17
Brilliant sense of scale in this thanks for the silhouette of the boat in the distance, and this also creates a great depth to the shot. An unusual scene to have the nets create this cool shot, and it works perfectly well. Colors of the sky are lovely, and a nice reflection of the light on the water. Really nicely seen to capture this.
All the best
Romano46 (11573) 2013-10-17 5:19
un bel viaggio e un bel ritorno con un bagaglio fatto certamente di belle fotografie delle quali questa è una bella anticipazione.
Ottimo taglio, bel soggetto ed un comtroluce che rende magica la bellezza del luogo.
Ciao e buona giornata
Fis2 (77022) 2013-10-17 6:25
Excellent composition, colors and light.
I like it.
Have a nice afternoon
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-10-17 7:02
Welcome back from the Land of Backwater and this shot is a great way to begin with! It looks as though you had a great trip there. This is fascinating with main attraction - the chinese fishing nets - occupy almost three quarter of frame as they rightly deserve full of liveliness. Great that you managed the low light pretty well when the late afternoon is painted with its soft warm glow before calling it a day. The shimmering water is an extra bonus and delightful inclusion. A taken from the best viewpoint so very well set in the frame and a favarouble light to show off the vivid detail beautifully. Fine shot !
holmertz (31340) 2013-10-17 8:55
These fishing nets are probably the most famous sight in Kerala. You have captured them very well from a good POV and with a fantastic light. The colours of the sky and the water are beautiful.
cornejo (22568) 2013-10-17 10:07
Hi Miro, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition with backlit networks, very well captured in this beautiful and interesting picture, with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
All the best from southern Spain.
aleXundar (621) 2013-10-17 10:14
All the happenings are at the upper part of the frame - the gigantic nets, a fantastic sky and even the boat. The lower part is only the water. This brings a calmness. Great composition and excellent use of light and beautiful colors. The serene atmosphere is nicely captured.
Silvio1953 (105599) 2013-10-17 10:16
Ciao Miro, lovely composition with great parade of fantastic fishing nets, excellent perspective, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ourania (18704) 2013-10-17 12:22
welcome back, I'm glad you visited such a beautiful place and had a great time there! This photo is fascinating for the dynamism of the repetitive patterns that fill the upper part of the frame, the drama of the silhouetted structures against the exceptionaly moody sky and seascape. I like very much the depth and the play of perspectives, the texture of the sea has been rendered superbly and the warm tones trying to break into the grey ones create a wonderful spectacle. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
nikkitta (9003) 2013-10-17 16:29
Great to be you back and with a creative capture of the fishing nets
Like a lot the contrast obtained with the black silhouettes and different blue tones , of sky and sea with the silver reflections
Good informative note, also
Last April a friend went to Kerala and show me that kind of nets, she took the photos with an Ipad, very bad ones
Will send this to her
mcmtanyel (5295) 2013-10-19 14:46
You were my "neighbor" a few days ago and I pinned this lovely photo of yours to critique when I had time and/or the quota. I love the shapes that these fishing nets make. The silhouette effect is lovely, too. The subdued colors are magical, I think this photo is more effective with its hint at the evening colors than it would be if it were B&W or color-enhanced. It is just right and beautiful.
eldancer1 (20824) 2013-10-21 7:42
Beautiful composition! I like the low pov. Good dof with nice details. Nice catch of the reflection of the sun on the water. Well done, tfs.
jemaflor (74108) 2013-10-25 4:03
Interesting fishing nets well framed from this pov, light is pleasant with warm reflection on the water, nice large format.
adores (30841) 2013-10-25 16:06
Hope you had a great tryp! I've never been to Kerala but it seems a really beautiful region. I like your first shot with the huge fishing nets,the fishermen on the boat and this sunset light. The light reflecting on the water adds a lot! A good shot!
gus72 (3404) 2013-11-30 15:12
Hi Miro !!
you got very lucky to visit this place and get this valuable image ...... there are very fews places on earth where this type of fishing takes place.
Vertical framing is perfect and great timing to take the photo with a bit of drama in the sky.Sensational image...... I wish I could give you 10 points instead of only 2.
Yesterday i went to see the Australian Open ( Golf ).....no photos but I saw great shots.
- Copyright: Miro Susta (mirosu) (8186)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-09
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor AF-S 24-85 mm f/3.5-4.5 G, circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kerala [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-16 20:43